Paw & Order
In January 2018, in conjunction with Animal Justice, I began a new initiative – the Paw and Order podcast. Recorded with my co-host Camille Labchuk, this bi-weekly podcast explores all sorts of animal law issues, with the goal of shining a light on what’s wrong with animal cruelty in Canada.Every podcast explores a special topic of interest, and early episodes have focused upon federalism, whales in captivity and the perils of dog breeding. But there’s more! Each episode, we examine animal law news of interest and take questions from our listeners, trying to explain why animal laws fail our animals so badly. And no episode is complete without our rendition of Heroes and Zeroes, a chance to honour those who are doing great things for animals, while giving those who are failing them the dishonour they deserve.
In Episode 82 of the Paw & Order podcast, Camille Labchuk interviews Thompson Rivers University Associate Professor of Law Katie Sykes about her new book, Animal Welfare and International Trade Law: The Impact of the WTO Seal Case. Katie discusses the history of the World Trade Organization and its trade agreements in relation to animal welfare, and gives an in-depth analysis of the EU ban on the sale of seal products, and why this ban was an important shift demonstrating that animal welfare issues have their place in trade exemptions that address public morals and changing, progressive attitudes.
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Translating Criminal Law - Rated G
Our new fun, family -friendly podcasts decodes the basics of criminal law for children
Besides his award-winning podcast “Paw and Order,” Peter has recently started a new, fun project to explain criminal law to a younger audience. In Translating Criminal Law: Rated G, Peter Sankoff co-hosts with his 11-year-old daughter Penny and learns tween secrets in return. In each 30 minute long episode, they explore basic elements of criminal law, rated G, so without any of the potential gore.
Each episode contains a Question of the Day from Penny, which her dad answers with the help of one—and just one—Big Word of the Day, a.k.a. a term commonly used in criminal law. He’s also permitted one Latin Word of the Day, because law is so rife with words from the classical language that many non-lawyers don’t understand. Once the day’s subject is explained, in more than a little detail, Sankoff quizzes Penny on the content of what she was just taught. Next, it is Penny’s turn to teach her dad about some of the tween secrets he is certainly clueless about, like the names and credentials of TikTok’s most famous current dance stars. If you’re a parent looking for a way to connect with your kids, this feature alone is worth tracking down the podcast.
The daddy-daughter team is planning to release a new episode every two weeks.
Also read their story published in the University of Alberta's Folio recently.
Peter and Penny wrap up a successful season of Translating Criminal Law and Penny interviews Danielle Lappage, a Canadian Olympic wrestler and law graduate. Penny and Peter discuss how the social stigma around having braces has changed.
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